Flora of the Hawaiian Islands
Pteridophyte Literature for Pellaea ternifolia
Palmer, 2003.
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      Pellaea ternifolia

Common name(s): kalamoho, kalamoho lau li`i, laukahi
General Information
DistributionNative to North America, Mexico, Central America, and several Pacific islands.In the Hawaiian Islands, indigenous to Kaua`i, O`ahu, Moloka`i, Lana`i, Maui, Hawai`i.

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HabitatExposed usually dry habitats
Elevation600-3500 m
Terrestrial, small; rhizomes creeping, branching, scales stiff, with thick dark midrib and thin brown margins, roots dark brown to black, along entire rhizome length.
Fronds 10-25 x 1.5-2.5 cm; stipes closely spaced, round at base to grooved distally, shiny, dark purplish brown, glabrous or with scattered, light fibrils at base; blade 1-pinnate, linear-lanceolate, coriaceous, rigid, glabrous; pinnae 4-16 pairs, mostly opposite, well separated, subsessile, 0.3-1.2 cm long, ternately cleft to the base into 3 almost equal narrow segments; ultimate segments linear, 1-2 mm wide, tips short-pointed, margins strongly revolute with edges in-rolled abaxially; veins obscure, simple or once forking.
Sori marginal; false indusia formed by strongly revolute blade margins, closed until fully mature.
Latin terni, in threes, + folium, leaf, alluding to the 3-part division of the pinnae.
Sally Eichhorn